IBC Root Beer

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Independent Breweries Company
Typeprivate
IndustryBeverage
Fateclosed, IBC name sold
Successor(s)Northwestern Bottling Company
Founded1919
HeadquartersSt. Louis, Missouri
Key peopleGriesedieck family
ProductsIBC Root Beer
 
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Independent Breweries Company
Typeprivate
IndustryBeverage
Fateclosed, IBC name sold
Successor(s)Northwestern Bottling Company
Founded1919
HeadquartersSt. Louis, Missouri
Key peopleGriesedieck family
ProductsIBC Root Beer
IBC Root Beer
IBC Root Beer, two bottle sizes
TypeSoft Drink
ManufacturerIndependent Breweries Company (1919-
Northwestern Bottling Company
National Bottling Company (1930s-1976)
Taylor Beverages (1976-1980)
Seven-Up Company (1980-)
Dr Pepper/Seven Up
Cadbury Schweppes -2008)
Dr Pepper Snapple Group (2008-)
Country of origin1919 in St. Louis, Missouri
VariantsIBC Diet Root Beer
Related productsany other Root beer

The Independent Breweries Company was a syndicate founded in St. Louis, Missouri by the combination of Griesediecks'[1] National Brewery,[2] Columbia (Alpen Brau), the Gast brewery in Baden, A.B.C.,[1] and Wagner Brewing Company.[2] This combination was ill fated due to high overhead with too many executives and low profits forcing IBC into receivership. The IBC Root Beer was the main survivor of the syndicate.[1]

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IBC Root Beer was founded in 1919 by the Griesedieck family as the Independent Breweries Company in St. Louis, Missouri. Root beer found a market as a legal beverage during the era of Prohibition. The Independent Breweries Company closed, but the trademark was purchased by the Kranzberg family who operated the Northwestern Bottling Company. In the late 1930s, it was sold to the National Bottling Company owned by the Shucart family. Popularity and distribution declined after World War II.

In 1976, the IBC trademark was sold to Taylor Beverages, which was then sold to the Seven-Up Company in 1980. After Dr Pepper and 7 Up merged in 1986, distribution of IBC became national throughout the United States. Ultimately Dr Pepper/Seven Up was acquired by Cadbury Schweppes in 1995.

IBC was subsequently organized within the Cadbury Schweppes Americas Beverages unit of Cadbury Schweppes, before being spun off into Dr Pepper Snapple Group in 2008.

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  1. ^ a b c "Griesedieck Bros. History". Griesedieck Brothers Brewery Company. Archived from the original on 2008-04-03. Retrieved 2008-06-20.  Edited, from the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, by Steve DeBellis
  2. ^ a b Donald Roussin; Kevin Kious (May–June 1999). "Wagner Brewing Company: Bringing Beer and Baseball to Granite City, Ill". American Breweriana Journal (American Breweriana Association) (May–June 1999). Retrieved 2008-06-20.